Our Team: Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO
Mr. Geras had founded, operated, advised, and/or funded a several successful companies throughout his distinguished career. Mr. Geras was recognized as "Angel Investor of the Year" in 2002 by the Illinois Technology Association and was inducted into the "Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also the co-founder of Sixpence Inns which was later acquired by Motel 6. Mr. Geras has been the President of LaSalle Investments for more than 30 years and is founding director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. He is involved with a number of venture funds, such as K-B Partners, Crestview Capital, Dunrath Partners, Ceres Venture Fund and the Illinois Accelerator Fund.
James W. Schubauer II
James W. Schubauer II has more than 20 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries and has served as the president and chief operating officer of Westbury Investment Partners since 1998. Prior to joining Westbury, Schubauer was a partner and senior member of First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. a private equity fund dedicated to growth capital investments. As president and chief operating officer of Westbury, Schubauer has primary responsibility for structuring, evaluating and negotiating the Fund's debt and equity investments and leads the sourcing of investment opportunities. Schubauer earned his BS in Applied Economics and Business Administration from Cornell University and his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
John R. Walter
John R. Walter serves as chairman and CEO of Ashlin Management Company, a private investment and management services firm located in Chicago. Walter is the retired president and COO of AT&T Corporation, a position he held from 1996 to 1997, and retired chairman and CEO of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, a position he held from 1989 to 1996. Walter has been a director of Manpower Inc. since 1998 and served as the non-executive chairman of the company from 1999 to 2001. He is currently a director for VASCO Data Security, Inc., Echo Global Logistics, Media Bank, LLC; and chairman emeritus of NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation (formerly Evanston Northwestern Healthcare).Walter has previously served on the boards of other companies, including Groupon, LLC, Deere & Company, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Target Corporation, Jones Lang LaSalle, and served as chairman of the Board of Directors of InnerWorkings and SNP Corporation, Ltd. (Singapore). Walter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
President & Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Rangachari serves as Chief Technology Officer of uBid with over ten years' experience in Technology and eCommerce. Most recently, Mr. Rangachari co-founded Repairhub.com and continues to be an active advisor. Previously, he was the founder / CEO of Beebillion, a cloud based social CRM and mobile marketing platform for local merchants, which he developed and successfully sold. Prior to it, he served in a variety of positions at OptionsXpress, Inc., including the Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy, which executed a successful IPO and was subsequently sold. Mr. Rangachari has a MS in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BE in Computer Science from the University of Madras.